Network Infrastructure for Shared Print Collections

At the ALA Midwinter conference last week, I had the opportunity to talk with several groups about some work that OCLC Research has taken up in the area of distributed print archiving.  Briefly, we are looking at various ‘lightweight’ approaches to enabling more effective disclosure of institutional print archiving commitments. The MARC 583 Action Note …

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Tried but not yet trusted

Reputation and trust are closely related and hard won. Two snippets dealing with the evolving landscape of reputation capital in universities caught my eye in this week’s Times Higher. The first relates to the proposed European Reference Index for the Humanities, funded by the European Science Foundation, which had announced it would grade journals into …

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The Future of Museums

I usually make plans to read a report or two on Fridays, and while it doesn’t always work out that way, this Friday I managed to delve into “Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures,” issued by the Center for the Future of Museums (an initiative of AAM). The report correlates larger societal, economical …

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The People and the Commons

The Flickr Commons is a remarkable project in many ways, and we’ve certainly followed its birth and progress closely on hangingtogether (see here, here, here, here and here.) Just in case you need a reminder of why the Commons is remarkable, I ask you to consider the following numbers from the LC Flickr Pilot Project …

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The Learning Curve – OCLC Bootcamp

[Jason Lee is the very first Minority Librarian Fellow at OCLC, and will be rotating through Member Services, OCLC Research, and Digital Services. During her tenure at OCLC, she's agreed to blog with us here. Welcome, Jason!] “I don’t respond well to ‘out of bandwidth’ requests” This is probably my favorite paraphrased sound bite to …

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Change over time

Sometimes, it’s not easy to what is changing, or what the pace of change is. Today is a day when I can see pretty clearly what has changed over the last 8 years (and no, this is not a posting about politics). Today’s US Presidential inauguration was marked by bandwidth issues. Would cell networks hold …

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Moving library services into research-flows

I’m pleased to announce the publication of the latest title in our series of white papers, an expert literature review on disciplinary research behaviors that we commissioned from Carole Palmer, professor in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.  With colleagues in the Center for Informatics Research in …

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Metadata Creation Workflows

An RLG Partner working group that I facilitated has completed its analysis of the 134 responses from 67 RLG partners to a survey conducted in October-November 2008.  What We’ve Learned from the RLG Partners Metadata Creation Workflows Survey (173K/23 pp.) has just been released. Among the findings: •    The working group had hoped that the …

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Libraries versus IT

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a podcast series called, Tech Therapy. Episode 33, Libraries vs. IT Departments must have aired last fall, but only came to my attention this week. The discussion is interesting; the two speakers go over not only the differences between libraries and IT departments in a campus environment, but also …

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